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05-Apr-1974 Chester,PA Widener College,USA

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01 Kitty's back
02 For You
03 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)

Notes:
Held in the sold-out 550-seat Macmorland Center, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining and slide guitar virtuoso ELLEN McILWAINE opening with 60-minute set. The above-mentioned partial setlist details are from a review in the school newspaper. THERE IS NO CIRCULATING AUDIO. The concert started 70 minutes late due to the late arrival of the Springsteen camp - but Bruce made up for it with a stellar, 1h:45m hr performance. This is the infamous "gangster hat show" where Bruce departed from his ever-faithful beret in favor of a Bonnie & Clyde - era momento that he told a student reporter after the show he'd acquired during his recent Texas tour. A fan present at the show reports "It was in a gym the entrance was through a garage door. When they opened it, the crowd pushed forward and people almost got decapitated. There were hundreds of sheets of long paper hanging from the gym roof as some kind of sound baffle. ".


06-Apr-1974 Pemberton,NJ Burlington County College,USA

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01 New York City serenade
02 Spirit in the night
03 The 'E' street shuffle
04 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
05 Kitty's back
06 It's hard to be a saint in the city
07 Blinded by the light
08 For You
09 Rosalita (Come out tonight)

Notes:
ONE show, double bill, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining and THE PERSUASIONS opening. The above-mentioned 9-song partial setlist is from an attendee recollection that is deemed reliable. There was about a 90-minute performance by Springsteen, so there are 3-4 songs missing from this list. Brucebase has received feedback that “Born To Run” may have been given a tryout performance at this show – but the evidence is hazy at this point. THERE IS NO KNOWN AUDIO FROM THIS SHOW.


07-Apr-1974 South Orange,NJ Seton Hall University,USA

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Notes:
One show, double bill, with Bruce & The E Street Band headlining. Held in the Main Lounge of the Bishop Dougherty Student Center and promoted as a dance concert - no chairs, people were told to bring their own blankets to sit on. The undercard was local outfit THE JIM MARINO BAND (featuring Seton Hall University student Max Weinberg on drums). Max has commented that he first met Bruce (very briefly) immediately following this show, when Max went up to Bruce and told him how much he enjoyed his performance. As fate would have it Max would end up auditioning and landing the drummer position in The E Street Band in August 1974.


09-Apr-1974 Boston,MA Radio Station WBCN-FM,USA

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Soundcheck included: I fought the law [Snippet of chorus, not really played]

01 Satin doll
  (acoustic)
02 Does this bus stop at 82nd street?  (acoustic)
03 Growin' up  (acoustic)
04 Wild Billy's circus story  (acoustic)
06 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)  (acoustic)
07 Rosalita (Come out tonight)  (acoustic)

Notes:
FM Broadcast. Only known acoustic version of Rosalita.

Songs from this show can be found on:
RADIO WAVES (Great Dane Records)
ACOUSTIC RADIO JAM (Phorphora Records)
BOSTON 1974 (Magic Market)
DON'T LOOK BACK (PUD)
STARTING ALL OVER (Magic Market)
BOSTON SERENADE (Alternative Edge Productions) (copy/repress)


09-Apr-1974 Cambridge,MA Charlies Bar,USA

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Notes:
Benefit show to raise money for the "Joe's Place Relief Fund". TWO shows, double bill, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining and blues singer MIGHTY JOE YOUNG opening. Both artists had originally been scheduled to play separate, single show residencies at nearby Joe's Place. However a fire destroyed Joe's Place on April 2nd and both artists quickly agreed to perform an adjusted double-billing schedule together at Charlie's (4 nights/8 shows). It should be noted that although Springsteen increased the amount of shows from 3 (as planned at Joe's) to 8 (at Charlie's), the length of the Bruce's performances at Charlie's were only 80 to 90 minutes, whereas the Joe's Place shows would have been 2hrs or more.


10-Apr-1974 Cambridge,MA Charlies Bar,USA

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01 New York City serenade
02 Spirit in the night
03 For You
04 Rosalita (Come out tonight)

Notes:
Early Show. TWO shows, double bill, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining and MIGHTY JOE YOUNG opening. Each of Bruce’s shows was about 90 minutes.


10-Apr-1974 Cambridge,MA Charlies Bar,USA

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01 New York City serenade
02 Let the four winds blow

Notes:
Late show.Springsteen met his future manager-producer Jon Landau for the first time on this night. Landau had arrived to see the late show and spotted Bruce alone on the sidewalk between shows, reading Landau's Real Paper review of the Wild & Innocent LP that had been posted by Charlie’s management on a wall near the club’s entrance. The partial setlist from the late show (the opening number and the 2nd encore) is from Landau’s recollection as conveyed to writer Dave Marsh.


11-Apr-1974 Cambridge,MA Charlies Bar,USA

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Notes:
First of TWO shows, double bill, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining and blues singer MIGHTY JOE YOUNG opening.


11-Apr-1974 Cambridge,MA Charlies Bar,USA

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Notes:
Second of two shows. See early for details.


12-Apr-1974 Cambridge,MA Charlies Bar,USA

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01 New York City serenade
02 Spirit in the night
03 The 'E' street shuffle
04 Does this bus stop at 82nd street?
05 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
06 It's hard to be a saint in the city
07 Kitty's back
08 For You  (solo piano)
09 Rosalita (Come out tonight)

Notes:
TWO shows, double bill, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining and blues singer MIGHTY JOE YOUNG opening. The profits for all 8 shows at Charlie's were used to help rebuild Joe's Place. Additionally both Springsteen and Mighty Joe Young donated their performance fees for this final night to The Joe's Place Disaster Fund. NOTE: various re-sequenced permutations of the audience taped performance from Joe's Place on 06/01/74 are circulating among collectors and are incorrectly attributed to either this or one of the previous nights shows at Charlie's Place. In reality there is currently no circulating audio from ANY of the 8 Charlie's Place shows from this April 9 thru 12 residency. For comment about this setlist see the late show comments.


12-Apr-1974 Cambridge,MA Charlies Bar,USA

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01 New York City serenade
02 Spirit in the night
03 The 'E' street shuffle
04 Does this bus stop at 82nd street?
05 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
06 It's hard to be a saint in the city
07 Kitty's back
08 For You  (solo piano)
09 Rosalita (Come out tonight)

Notes:
This setlist came from a kind reader (Thanks Ron) who attended both early and late show and told that the setlist was the same and that this represent the whole setlist. The date is quite sure, but it could have been one of the two days before. Second of two shows. See early for more details.


13-Apr-1974 Richmond,VA Mosque Theatre,USA

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18-Apr-1974 Long Branch,NJ Monmouth College,USA

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Notes:
CANCELLED Springsteen performance (before any promotion was undertaken or tickets printed) and never re-scheduled. Apparently Springsteen (with Martin Mull as opener) had been booked well in advance to headline what was to be the school’s Spring Carnival Concert. However the school then altered the Spring Carnival dates – and Springsteen was unavailable. The Spring Carnival concert went ahead on May 3rd, with Billy Joel headlining and Martin Mull opening.


19-Apr-1974 New Brunswick,NJ State Theatre,USA

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Notes:
ONE show, double bill, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining and folk stylist JAE MASON opening. This concert went virtually unadvertised by its promoter, who gambled that "word-of-mouth" would be enough to fill the modest, 550-seat venue. Big mistake, as only about 250 people attended. A New Jersey local from this time has commented - "nobody knew this show was happening, in fact even students at Rutgers (in New Brunswick) were totally in the dark until after the fact". Journalist Penn Jillette, who attended this gig, has commented that despite the poor turnout Bruce played with the same intensity as if it were a full house at Madison Square Garden.


20-Apr-1974 Collegeville,PA Ursinus College,USA

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Notes:
ONE show, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining. Support act was female folk stylist PERRY BARBER, who performed a brief, 35-minute solo set. Although Springsteen played for nearly 2hrs, the show was halted before the final encores when school officials became concerned that people in the audience lighting matches posed a fire threat to Helfferich Hall. Despite the disappointing finish the school's newspaper called Springsteen's performance "the greatest night in the history of Ursinus College".


26-Apr-1974 Providence,RI Brown University,USA

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01 New York City serenade
02 Spirit in the night
03 It's hard to be a saint in the city
04 The 'E' street shuffle
05 Growin' up
06 4th of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
07 Kitty's back
08 For You
09 Rosalita (Come out tonight) [including "shotgun"]
10 Boom boom
11 Twist and shout

Notes:
ONE show, 12AM (Midnight, so technically speaking it was on the 27th), with Springsteen & The E Street Band the sole act on the bill. Held in the school’s sold-out Alumnae Hall on the Pembroke campus as part of Spring Carnival. There was no delay to the start of the show, as it had always been planned for midnight – a weird starting time given that Bruce was the only act on the bill. By all accounts a highly energized 1¾ hr performance that saw Bruce running amuck in the audience at one point and then undertake his James Brown-influenced “fainting-revival by the band” skit during the final song. The show included an early rendition of “Boom Boom”, although the tune may have actually formed part of the “Rosalita-Shotgun” combination. THERE IS NO CIRCULATING AUDIO FROM THIS SHOW. The above-mentioned setlist details (probably complete and in the correct sequence) are garnered from two fine reviews of the show, one by journalist Ty Davis in the Providence Journal and the other by student reporter J. Garrett Andrews in the Brown Herald. Andrews, who hailed from the Asbury Park area, procured a backstage interview with Bruce immediately following the show that was published in the school newspaper the following week. During this 2:00AM interview it’s noted that Bruce has a daytime gig in Connecticut coming up in just 11 hrs (1PM) and then an early evening (7PM) gig at another location right after it. Interestingly, this show did not include any (at that time) unissued Springsteen compositions (i.e. ‘Thundercrack”, “Zero”, “You Mean So Much To Me”, etc), a point not unnoticed by reporter Andrews, who queried Bruce on the matter. Bruce’s responds by stating the show setlist is in a transitional stage - he’s just written some new songs that he’s about to start incorporating into upcoming shows. It’s likely that Bruce was referring here to the new compositions he performed two weeks later at the Harvard Square Theatre.


27-Apr-1974 Storrs,CN University Of Connecticut,USA

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Notes:
ONE show (a 4-artist Spring Carnival Extravaganza), held outdoors in the parking lot of the school’s Ice Hockey Arena, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining. This was an outstanding bill, with now-legendary Funk masters FATBACK opening, followed by the great FAIRPORT CONVENTION and then the always-hot-in-concert AEROSMITH. Each of the band’s played 70-90 minute sets, with Springsteen taking the stage around 4:30 PM and closing with a 90-minute show. And, to top it off the whole event was FREE, including food and drinks! Following the show Bruce and the crew quickly tear down and pack up in order to make the 50km trip to Hartford for yet another gig in the evening.


27-Apr-1974 Hartford,CT University of Hartford,USA

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Notes:
ONE show, with Springsteen and the boys the sole act on the bill. Springsteen had already performed a full show earlier in the day at the University of Connecticut. That outdoor gig had been long planned but this indoor gig in Hartford had been a last minute addition to the tour itinerary, with Bruce coming to the rescue of the school’s concert committee by agreeing to replace the ELVIN BISHOP BAND, who had cancelled out the week before. THERE IS NO KNOWN AUDIO FROM THIS SHOW. There is, however, some soundboard audio circulating from a broadcast by Hartford radio station WHCN-FM that has been incorrectly linked to this show. The live audio in question (“Growin’ Up, “Kitty’s Back” and “Saint In The City”) is from some show (or shows) during the later, Miami Steve era of the E Street Band. To make matters even more confusing there is an acoustic performance of “Growin’ Up” circulating that has been alleged to be from a solo, in-station performance by Bruce at WHCH-FM prior to this 1974 Hartford show. It turns out that this is merely the John Hammond studio demo and it is not from a WHCN broadcast.


28-Apr-1974 Swarthmore,PA Swarthmore College,USA

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01 I sold my heart to the junkman

Notes:
Incomplete setlist. ONE afternoon outdoor show, double bill, with Springsteen & The E Street Band headlining. Opening act was Philadelphia acoustic-orientated outfit WIRE AND WOOD (Frank Collins, Craig Bickhardt and Rick Bell). According to an announcement in the school’s newspaper this show was originally scheduled indoors in Clothier Building Auditorium at 1:30PM. However lovely spring weather enabled the event to be shifted to a picturesque campus amphitheatre setting. Apparently the atmosphere elicited a particularly “loose and jazzy” performance.


29-Apr-1974 Northampton,PA Roxy Theatre,USA

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Notes:
Early show. Both shows were sellouts. Promoted and sponsored by WSAN-FM in Allentown, however there was no radio broadcast of either show. This was Bruce's only appearance at this 600-seat, classically designed movie theater.


29-Apr-1974 Northampton,PA Roxy Theatre,USA

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Notes:
Late show.



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